Wyoming Basketball Wins Big Over Griffins

Dec. 11, 2010


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In their only game of the week, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (6-2 overall) earned an 18-point win 75-57 over the Westminster Griffins (12-2 overall) on Saturday afternoon in Laramie.

Four out of five starters finished the night in double figures led by senior Hillary Carlson. She tied her career high with 29 points while shooting 10-19 from the field against the Griffins. Aubrey Vandiver added 16 points and tied her career high with 17 boards. She was followed by Jade Kennedy with 12 points and eight rebounds while Chaundra Sewell chipped in ten points and three assists. Wyoming shot 25-61 (.410) from the field and 18-23 (.783) from the free throw line while out rebounding Westminster 45 to 28.

The Griffins were led by Jenteal Jackson and Nicole Yazzie with 12 points each, while Allie Eastman added 11 points. Jackson and Michelle Pace each recorded a team high five rebounds. Westminster shot 22-57 (.386) from the field and 8-26 (.308) from beyond the arc.

"In the game of basketball there is never anything easy," said head coach Joe Legerski. "I thought today was a tremendous challenge. We knew that Westminster was a Top Ten NAIA school. They play extremely well, and to their credit they run a good offense. They came out and ran a couple backcuts on us and it puts a premium on how you defend. We went in at halftime and I told the team we played well offensively, but we had to make a commitment on the defensive side. To only give up 14 points in the second half, it shows we stepped up and defended."

The Griffins jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, but five straight by Aubrey Vandiver gave the Cowgirls their first lead, 5-4. Westminster scored 8 of the next 12 points to regain a three point advantage, 12-9, but an 8-0 run by Wyoming put them back up by five, 17-12. A three-point field goal by Brooke Larsen ended a three minute scoring drought for the Griffins. Another seven straight points by UW gave then a nine point lead, 24-15. Westminster would close the gap to four, 29-25, with just over seven minutes in the half. The Cowgirls extended the lead back to nine, 38-29, but the Griffins battled back to within one, 38-37. The Cowgirls were poised to take a 44-40 lead in to the lockerrroom, but Nicole Yazzie hit a three-point field goal with time winding down to give the Cowgirls the one point, 44-43, halftime lead.

Wyoming would extend their lead to seven, 55-48, with an 11-5 run through the first media timeout. After the two teams each scored a basket, both went almost four minutes without scoring. A three-point field goal by Jade Kennedy started a 9-2 run for the Cowgirls to give them a double-figure lead, 65-52. Wyoming's lead was never in jeopardy as they went on to the 75-57 victory.

The Cowgirls will continue play at home next week as they host the Wisconsin Badgers, on Wednesday, Dec. 15. The game is set for 7:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.